Holland has PSU On the Mind

Potomac, Md., Bullis School end has a Nittany Lion offer and is considering a visit soon.

Jonathan Holland is a busy man these days. When college coaches aren't swinging by, he's throwing discus and shot put for the Potomac, Md., Bullis School.

The three-star defensive end will compete in his first meet this weekend. College visits have kept the junior on the sideline so far. But he could be back on the road soon, as a trip to Penn State could be on the horizon.

"I hear from [Penn State defensive line] Coach [Sean] Spencer almost every day," Holland said. "My good friend [and fellow Maryland native and PSU tackle commit] Adam McLean talks a lot about Penn State, and things are going really well with them."

Holland says he has conversed with plenty of coaches across the country, but he and Spencer, who offered him March 4, have made a special connection.

It's a unique one, as Holland and Spencer have yet to meet in person. Yet, the defensive line coach's easygoing personality and knowledge bank of popular culture have allowed the duo to hit it off.

"Coach Spencer is really fun and an easy guy to talk to," Holland said. "He really stays in the loop, and it is very hip on things that are going on.

"I grew a quick relationship with getting to know him, and we continue to have better conversations."

One example of Spencer's cultural awareness came last weekend. Holland spoke with him while en route to a camp, and the line coach suggested he perform "The Nae Nae" after winning his one-on-one matchups.

Holland immediately grasped the meaning. The dance, which went viral earlier this year, is used to celebrate.

"That was really cool that he knew what it was," Holland said.

The end also found it cool that McLean committed to Penn State, and he has pondered the potential of joining him in Happy Valley. Similarly, he's thought about the opportunity to play with Bullis running back Devonte Williams, who has Indiana high on his list.

Both opportunities entice him, yet Holland said he knows that he must make the best decision for him. That hasn't stopped Spencer from reminding him of the possibilities of playing right next to McLean.

"Coach Spencer said that to me numerous times; once Adam committed to play tackle, there was really only one last missing piece on the defensive line [in the Class of 2015]," Holland said. "They may only want one more kid, but ultimately, I need to take enough time to know where I want to go."

A visit date to University Park will be determined shortly, Holland said. He had originally planned to hold off on committing until Signing Day, but added he has since reconsidered.

"I thought about the process, and I may need to put that date in sooner and commit quicker," Holland said. "It may be soon, it may be in the summer, or it may be before the season or during it. I'm not really sure yet."

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